1. Get the grill really hot
If you are using coals, they’ll need at least 15 minutes to get hot enough for cooking. Perfect coals have a cherry-red glow, and at least 70 percent of them will be covered with ash.
Another way to tell if the coals are ready: Hold a hand about 4 inches above the grill grate and count, “one Mississippi, two Mississippi,” says Real Simple magazine. If you can only get to two or three Mississippis, you’ve got a hot fire — four to five means medium-high and eight to 10 means you’ve got a medium-low fire.
For the scientists among us, Eating Well magazine says:
- High heat is 400-450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Medium is 350-400 degrees.
- Medium-low is 300-350 degrees.
- Low is 250-300 degrees.